Composer Libby Larsen interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, November 13, 1986.
The composer and co-founder of the American Composers Forum is lively and candid in this late-eighties period piece in front of a live audience. Questioned by Charles Amirkhanian and members of the audience, Larsen talks about many things including her background (entering music school with a deep background in "stride boogie, Gregorian chant, and the Mickey Mouse Club"), the myth of making a living as a composer, and the story of a commission from the town of Terrace, MN, population 70. Larson's music is included too -- excerpts from "Four on the Floor", plus "Black Roller", "The Daytime Moon", and "Up Where the Air Is Thin", played in their entirety.
All Other Minds programs available, with additional print and photo materials, at http://www.radiOM.org.